Tuesday, 6 December 2011

My Thoughts on the November Beauty Box from Carmine

If you saw my first impressions post for the November Carmine box, you'll know that I wasn't overly impressed with what I received. It wasn't a total disaster by any means, though, so I thought I'd give you guys a little update on what I think of the products after trying them out. 

Cosmetics A La Carte Brow Ink in Taupe
This is a full sized product which retails for £22. I'd been wanting to try this sort of product for a long time so I was really pleased to receive this. I don't do a lot with my brows because they're already very dark and I don't like it when they look too harsh but I do have some gaps from chicken pox scarring in my left brow. This pen is excellent for filling in those gaps. It's subtle but effective. This was the best product in the box for me. I don't know if I'll fork out the £22 for another one of these, though.

New CID i-Pout Lipstick in Belle
This is also a full sized product and costs £15. I should have liked this; I like lipstick and neutral shades are great for me to wear on an everyday basis. The frost finish and scent (very floral) of this just don't work for me at all, though. I find the packaging to be a bit gimmicky and wouldn't pay £15 for this product. Give me a MAC or Revlon lipstick any day! I was interested in trying more from this brand but this lipstick has put me off - good thing for my bank balance!

Dainty Doll Eye Pencil in 004 Shake Your Tail Feather. 
This is yet another full sized product, worth £10.50. This was the most disappointing product in the box for me because it's so hard. I've been spoilt with creamy liners from Milani and NYX. The amount of force required to use this on my eyes makes it a non-starter for me. Someone recommended I warm it up with a hair dryer first, which I've not tried yet. It's a nice colour, a bit different for me but trying something new is a huge part of this type of service. If it was creamier, I'd have used it.

Lulu's Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream
45ml pot of this goes for around £30. I don't like getting anti-ageing products in beauty boxes because I never use them. I'm only 22 and don't want to start using them before my mid-twenties. I've passed this on to my mum.

Neom Organics Real Luxury Body Lotion.
The full size of this product is 240ml and costs £23.50. I was initially put off by the smell and I have to say, my feelings about that haven't changed. I used up the sample, though, because I love body lotions. The texture is quite runny and I didn't find it as moisturising as my favourite Body Shop body butters. It was a nice product to try but I won't be getting a full size. 


If you're going to subscribe to any of these beauty boxes, you're taking the risk that you might not like anything in them. I like the Carmine boxes because so far, they've had a lot of make up items and all the samples are trial sizes. I don't expect as many full sized items in the next box but I'm looking forward to finding out what's in there!

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?

Stace xx

1 comment:

  1. I am a Boudoir Prive girl at the moment. They are changing over to a French box = Jolie Box, so I hoping lots of NEW products to try (Boudoir were getting abit 'samey'